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Enforcer

Formed: 2004
From: Arvika, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Tank And More Pull Out Of Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tank and Cloven Hoof have pulled out of the event, along with Fastway, The Soulless (formerly Ignominous Incarceration) and Blackstorm. In their places will be Lizzy Borden, Enforcer, Headrush, The Slide and Jetblack. The event is scheduled to take place from December 3rd-5th at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales.

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Enforcer Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish hard rock act Enforcer has revealed the dates for its forthcoming European tour with Airbourne. The tour dates can be viewed below:

Enforcer European tour dates:
November 6 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhcongress
November 7 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Mainhall
November 9 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
November 10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
November 12 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahoune
November 13 – Helsinki, Finland – Cable Factory
November 16 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
November 17 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
November 18 – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
November 20 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
November 22 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
November 23 – Basel, Switzerland – St. Jakobshalle Arena
November 24 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
November 26 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
November 27 – Lille, France – Aeronef
November 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
November 30 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Mainhall Box
December 2 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
December 4 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
December 5 – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall
December 7 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
December 9 – Manchester, UK – Academy
December 10 – Birmingham, UK – Academy

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Download Enforcer's New Album For Free

Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER has been confirmed to appear at the SONISPHERE FESTIVAL on Saturday July 31st in Knebworth, England, sharing the stage with the likes of IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, MOTLEY CRUE and ALICE COOPER amongst many others. To celebrate ENFORCER’s appearance at the festival, HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS is offering a free download of the band’s recently released sophomore album "Diamonds" (reviewed here) for one day only from 5:00pm EST Wednesday, July 28th to 5:00 pm EST Thursday July 29th. "Diamonds" can be downloaded for free at this location.

Catch ENFORCER live on the following tour dates:

July 31st Knebworth, United Kingdom @ Sonisphere UK
August 13th Catton Hall, United Kingdom @ Bloodstock Open Air
August 26th Bergen, Norway @ Hole in the Sky

Supporting Blind Guardian:

September 24th Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
September 25th Deinze, Belgium @ Brielport
September 26th London, United Kingdom @ Sheperd's Bush
September 28th Paris, France @ Elysee Montmartre
October 1st Ludwigsburg, Germany @ Arena
October 2nd Trier, Germany @ Arena
October 3rd Langen, Germany @ Stadhalle
October 5th Bremen, Germany @ Pier 2
October 6th Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
October 8th Bamberg, Germany @ Jako Arena
October 9th Dusseldorf, Germany @ Philippshalle
October 10th Munchen, Germany @ Zenith
October 12th Rome, Italy @ Atlantico
October 13th Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
October 15th Pratteln, Czech Republic @ 27
October 16th Wien, Austria @ Gasometer
October 17th Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda
October 19th Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola
October 20th Berlin, Germany @ Huxley's
October 21st Osnabruck, Germany @ Halle Gartlage
October 22nd Goteborg, Sweden @ Brew House
October 23rd Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben

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Enforcer And Cauldron To Give Out Free Vinyl

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer is due to hit the U.K. at the end of May with Toronto bashers Cauldron. To celebrate, the bands have arranged a special gift for the fans. As a way of thanking their dedicated fans, Enforcer and Cauldron will be giving out a free 7" double A-side split vinyl to the first 50 people through the door at each show on the tour. This vinyl release includes special artwork and features Enforcer's track "Midnight Vice" on one side, with Cauldron's "Chained Up In Chains" on the other side.

Catch Enforcer and Cauldron live in the U.K. at the following shows:

26.05.10 Leeds, UK - The Well
27.05.10 London, UK - The Old Blue Last
28.05.10 Manchester, UK - Satan's Hollow
29.05.10 Birmingham, UK - Scruffy Murphy's

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Enforcer Posts Second Track-By-Track Breakdown

Swedish heavy metal band Enforcer is preparing for the release of the new album "Diamonds," on May 24th in Europe through Earache Records and in the rest of the world on May 25th through Heavy Artillery Records. Front man Olof Wikstrand has now issued the following track-by-track break down of the second half of the album:

"Diamonds: I think it's really important to be consistent with some things and to open the B-side with an instrumental track is one of those things I want to make a trademark. It's built on two parts where we stole the last part from a song that Joseph had in a completely different band years ago. We knew we wanted to use that somewhere on the record. We sat down one day and just decided to make it a song. So we begun with a riff that I intended to use to another part, and we just jammed up the rest to the first part. Cool and spontaneously. The vocals in the end of the song are sang by a friend to us from a local rock band in Stockholm called The Vanjas.

"Live for the Night: Live for the Night is without doubt the fastest song on the album and pretty much a leftover from 'Into the Night'. Even though it's a great song, I figured that it wasn't gonna make it to the 'Into the Night' album as a whole back then so I saved it for later. I also wanted to put the fastest song after the instrumental to keep up that consistency also on this album. The lyrics are about a dark demon that comes up from hell to destroy your life!" More...

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Enforcer Posts Partial Track-By-Track Breakdown

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer is preparing for the release of the new album "Diamonds" on May 24th in Europe through Earache Records and the rest of the world on May 25th through Heavy Artillery Records. Enforcer front man Olof Wikstrand gave the following track-by-track description of the first five songs on the album:

"Midnight Vice: First song of the album, which you already know is available to hear on our MySpace page, summarizes our sound in a very specific way. It's a fast song with a catchy chorus and a very hooky main riff. It's a shuffle song played in a high tempo which makes the song pretty swingy, and actually faster than it actually is. The song is 100% Enforcer and that's why we decided to put it first. The lyrics are about an urge to kill, a possession to murder after midnight.

"Roll the Dice: That is another song that really defines our sound. It is also the first song that we finished with lyrics and everything to this album. It's been a demo version around for quite a while now, and we actually had a hard time making it as good as (or hopefully better than) the demo. This song is actually my favorite of all our songs and my guess is that this track will be the most prominent of the whole album. It's got a great structure and arrangement and the chorus is great. Along with the breakdown and solo part it makes the song a real hit!

"Katana: This song is Adam's work right through. We picked up a few riffs that Adam had used in a band he played in years ago which was called Katana Samurai. It had a few great riffs that we've been speaking about for years to do something with and it turned into this song. We actually had a couple of fights about having such a long and epic song in our repertoire, but it turned out to be a great song that also gave the album a little broader touch. The lyrics on this one are written by our dear friend Tomas 'Witchfinder' Ericsson of Helvetets Port. More...

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Enforcer Reveals New Album, "Diamonds," Artwork

Swedish heavy metal sensations ENFORCER have revealed the cover art for their new album, "DIAMONDS," due to be released in Europe by Earache Records on May 24th and the rest of the world by Heavy Artillery Records on May 25th.

View the cover art for "DIAMONDS" at this location.

ENFORCER singer OLOF WIKSTRAND comments, "Diamonds in some way refers to that we're seeing things in a little bigger perspective, or at least we think we do, haha. To me the word sounds majestic in some strange way, and that's what I like about it too."

"It was a bit dared, but also very natural for us to put ourselves on the cover. That was actually the first thing we agreed on concerning the artwork. The idea with us holding the diamond just came to us when we put one and two together." More...

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Enforcer Streaming New Preview Track

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer will release its sophomore album, "Diamonds", on May 24th in Europe via Earache Records and one day later in the rest of the world through Heavy Artillery Records. The new track "Midnight Vice" from the forthcoming CD is available for streaming at this location.

Enforcer will embark on "The Power of Metal Tour" in Europe with Steelwing and Cauldron from May 1st to May 15th. Enforcer's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

02.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival Warm-Up @ Sounds Club
03.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival @ Lubeck Music and Congress Centre
01.05.2010 Regensburg, Germany - Boiler Room
02.05.2010 Terneuzen, Netherlands - The Pit
03.05.2010 Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
04.05.2010 Wien, Austria - Escape
05.05.2010 München, Germany - Backstage
06.05.2010 Arnheim, Netherlands - Willemeen
07.05.2010 Schweinfurt, Germany - Stattbahnhof
08.05.2010 Essen, Germany - Turock
09.05.2010 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10.05.2010 Hamburg, Germany - Marx
11.05.2010 Berlin, Germany - Alte Feuerwache Treptow
12.05.2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
13.05.2010 Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
14.05.2010 Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
15.05.2010 Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland

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Enforcer To Hit The Road In Europe

Swedish heavy metal act Enforcer have confirmed dates for a European tour this May. Enforcer recently signed a European deal with Earache Records and are due to release their new album "Diamonds" on May 24th. The band will be touring Europe with Suicidal Angels, Steelwing, and Canadian heavy metal trio and label mates Cauldron on the Power of Metal tour 2010.

Enforcer vocalist Olaf Wikstrand commented on the tour: "It was more than a year since last time we toured Europe properly. We've been busy all winter with the recording of the new album, so it's going to be great to get out on the road again and to meet all of our friends and fans in Mid-Europe once again. It's been too long! Also, it's going to be great to tour once again with our new label mates CAULDRON and to introduce them to all the European fans. I'm really, really excited about this! See you all in May!"

Catch Enorcer live in Europe at the following shows:

02.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival Warm-Up @ Sounds Club
03.04.2010 Lubeck, Germany - Rocktower Festival @ Lubeck Music and Congress Centre
01.05.2010 Regensburg, Germany - Boiler Room
02.05.2010 Terneuzen, Netherlands - The Pit
03.05.2010 Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
04.05.2010 Wien, Austria - Escape
05.05.2010 München, Germany - Backstage
06.05.2010 Arnheim, Netherlands - Willemeen
07.05.2010 Schweinfurt, Germany - Stattbahnhof
08.05.2010 Essen, Germany - Turock
09.05.2010 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10.05.2010 Hamburg, Germany - Marx
11.05.2010 Berlin, Germany - Alte Feuerwache Treptow
12.05.2010 Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
13.05.2010 Dessau, Germany - Metalfest Open Air Germany
14.05.2010 Mining am Inn, Austria - Metalfest Open Air Austria
15.05.2010 Pratteln, Switzerland - Metalfest Open Air Switzerland

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Suicidal Angels Announces New European Tour

Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following announcement about heading out on another European tour in May:

"Hello everyone, amazing news! Since we returned from the two successful tours with Kataklysm and Overkill, we are really glad to announce the Power Of Metal Tour. We'll hit the road again on May along with three amazing heavy-speed bands, Enforcer, Cauldron and Steelwing, of which we are big fans and we look forward to sharing the stage with!!! So, after two months of touring and creating so many new friends, we can't wait to meet you all again in the upcoming gigs! Check the dates and see you all there on May! Thrash 'Till Death!"

Suicidal Angels have the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Enforcer Signs With Earache Records in Europe

Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER have announced their partnership with Earache Records in the UK and Europe for their forthcoming album Diamonds', out May 24th.

ENFORCER's charismatic singer Olof Wikstrand states, "After the great success of 'Into The Night' we now take things a few steps further with the next album. This time It feels great to have a European dedicated and hard working label on board. I'm really excited to see what this end up like and I'm also proud of being a part of Earache."

Dan Tobin, Earache label manager, comments, "Earache is proud to welcome one of the most exciting new bands on the scene onto the label's roster. ENFORCER's brand of streetwise heavy metal is as exciting as anything I've heard from a young band, and we look forward to helping them take steps towards the big league. 'Diamonds' is a superb way to start their march to the top."

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Enforcer To Hit The Recording Studio

Sweden's Enforcer has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"Next Friday, the 27th of November we will enter the studio to record our second full-length album with producer Rikard Löfgren at Leon Music. The album will be called DIAMONDS and if everything goes according to the plans it will be out worldwide in late April. We will be ready to hit the road once again to meet all of you maniacs around the globe."

Enforcer has also posted a series of fan filmed video clips from their "Curse the Light" world tour, which can be viewed below. More...

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First Bands Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

The organizers of Germany's Bang Your Head!!! festival has announced the first set of bands for next year's edition of the event. Japanese heavy metal veterans Loudness will be performing a special "old school" set at the festival, which will also see performances from Doro, Enforcer and Jag Panzer. The festival will take place between July 16th and 17th in Balingen, Germany.

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Whiplash Announces Brooklyn Show with Black Anvil

New Jersey metal band Whiplash has announced a show in Brooklyn New York at Club Europa on Friday September 18th. Also playing the show are Virginia's At War, Deathrash, Black Anvil, Sweden's Enforcer, Canadian's Cauldron, Undivided, and Vermefug.

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Enforcer Updates American Tour Schedule

Swedish metallers Enforcer have updated their upcoming American tour schedule with the following dates:

20/8 Café Lura Chicago, IL
21/8 Blondies Detroit, MI
22/8 Ramalama Records Toledo, OH
23/8 Club Garibaldi's Milwaukee, WI
25/8 Club DownUnder Burley, ID
26/8 The Palace Lounge Missoula, MT
27/8 Gusto's Boise, ID
28/8 Hell's Kitchen Tacoma, WA
29/8 Josephine's Seattle, WA
30/8 Kelly's Olympian Portland, OR
31/8 Bubba Thrasher's Redding, CA
1/9 MusicHead Medford, OR
2/9 Annie's Social Club San Francisco, CA
3/9 The Second Wind Santee, CA
4/9 The Black Castle Los Angeles, CA
5/9 The Jumping Turtle San Marcos, CA
6/9 Mad Italian's Club 101 Flagstaff, AZ
7/9 The Compound Albuquerque, NM
8/9 Whiskey Dix Bar Lubbock, TX
9/9 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
10/9 Riot Room Kansas City, MO
11/9 P.J's Manhattan, Kansas
12/9 Rockstar Sports Bar Ft. Worth, Texas
13/9 Newby's Too Panama City Beach, FL
14/9 The Haven Winter Park, FL
15/9 The Pit Jacksonville, FL
16/9 The Dive Bar Raleigh Raleigh, NC
17/9 The Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
18/9 Club Europa Brooklyn, NY
19/9 Sonar Club Baltimore, MD
20/9 Traxx Long Island/ Ronkonkoma, NY
21/9 Muddy River Portsmouth, NH
22/9 Now That's Class Cleveland, OH

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Cauldron Announces North American Tour Dates

Canada's finest traditional metal trio, CAULDRON will be embarking upon their first ever North American tour starting this month. Dubbed the "North American Nightmare Tour," CAULDRON will be teaming up with the Swedish band, ENFORCER.

The tour dates are as follows:

w/STRIKER
13-Aug Sneaky Dees - Toronto, ON
14-Aug L'Alize - Montreal, QC
15-Aug Bar None - Kingston, ON
16-Aug Mavericks - Ottawa, O

w/ENFORCER
20-Aug Café Lura Chicago, IL
21-Aug Blondies - Detroit, MI
22-Aug Ramalama Records - Toledo, OH
23-Aug Club Garibaldi’s - Milwaukee, WI
25-Aug Club Down Under - Burley, ID
26-Aug Samurai Duck - Euguene, OR
27-Aug Gusto's - Boise, ID
29-Aug Josefine's - Seattle, WA
31-Aug Bubba Thrasher's - Redding, CA
01-Sep MusicHead - Medford, OR
02-Sep Annie's Social Club - San Francisco, CA
03-Sep Second Wind - Santee, CA
04-Sep Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA
05-Sep Rocky's - Pacoima, CA
06-Sep Mad Italian's Club 101 - Flagstaff, AZ
07-Sep The Compound - Albuquerque, NM
08-Sep Whiskey Dix Bar - Lubbock, TX
09-Sep The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
10-Sep Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
11-Sep P.J's - Manhattan, Kansas
12-Sep Rockstar Sports Bar - Ft. Worth, Texas
13-Sep Dysfunction Junction Panama City Beach, FL
14-Sep The Haven Winter Park, FL
15-Sep The Pit Jacksonville, FL
16-Sep Dive Bar - Raleigh, NC
17-Sep The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
18-Sep The Sterling Hotel - Allentown, PA
19-Sep Club Diablo - Buffalo, NY
20-Sep Traxx - Long Island/Ronkonkoma, NY
21-Sep Muddy River - Portsmouth, NH
22-Sep Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH

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Enforcer Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Swedish metallers Enforcer have announced an upcoming string of U.S. tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

8/20 Chicago, IL @ Café Lura
8/21 Detroit, MI @ Blondies
8/26 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck
8/27 Boise, ID @ Gusto’s
8/31 Redding, CA @ Bubba Thrasher’s
9/1 San Francisco, CA @ TBA
9/6 Flagstaff, AZ @ Mad Italian’s Club 101
9/8 Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar
9/9 Oklahoma, OK @ The Conservatory
9/10 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/11 Manhattan, KS @ PJ’s
9/13 Panama City Beach, FL @ Dysfunction Junction
9/14 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
9/16 Mill Spring, NC @ The Ultimate Basement
9/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
9/18 Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
9/19 Buffalo, NY @ Club Diablo
9/21 Portsmouth, NH @ Muddy River

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Enforcer Previews New Demo Track

Hot on the heels of the release of their album "Into The Night," Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER unleashed a preview of things to come with a new demo track from their upcoming album. The album is currently unnamed and tentatively scheduled for release in mid 2010. The new track, entitled "Roll The Dice" is available for preview now at both the band's MySpace player and the Heavy Artillery MySpace player.

Having just completed their European tour with fellow Swedes PORTRAIT, followed by performances at Sweden Rock and Muskelrock festivals, Enforcer is scheduled to appear at Germany's Headbangers Open Air festival before setting their sites on the USA for a full national tour alongside Canadian metal mongers CAULDRON starting on September 15th.

Upon returning to their home soil in late 2009, Enforcer will once again enter the studio to lay down the tracks for their sophomore full-length album.

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Enforcer Posts "Black Angel" Music Video Online

Swedish metallers, ENFORCER, have unveiled their music video for the track "Black Angel" on youtube. Enforcer will be heading to the US for a full tour. Dates will be announced soon.

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Vote In MetalStorm's Annual Awards

Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:

Best albums by genre:

Alternative Metal
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Avantgarde Metal
Black Metal
Death Metal
Doom Metal
Extreme Doom Metal
Gothic Metal
Grindcore
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Metalcore
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Post-Metal
Power Metal
Progressive Metal
Sludge/Stoner Metal
Thrash Metal

Other awards:

The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise

Special awards :

The Best Drama

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